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Aileen Katcher

Katcher Vaughn & Bailey Public Relations




 -- Business Referrals Among Partners Top $6 Million –


AMSTERDAM, May 19, 2008 – The Worldcom Public Relations Group, the world’s largest partnership of independently owned public relations counseling firms, celebrated its 20th anniversary with a record 107 delegates from 38 countries at its 2008 Annual General Meeting in Amsterdam in April.


With a theme of “Working Smarter in a Global Economy”, the program focused on how Worldcom partners can utilize new media strategies to be more effective for clients around the world.  Martin Oetting, head of communications at Germany’s first specialized Word of Mouth Marketing agency, and Michael Mainelli, professor and author with Z/Yen Group Limited in London were among the featured speakers.


A highlight of the meeting was hearing four founders and former Worldcom Group Chairmen anecdotally illuminate the history and growth of the organization: Jon Holt of Holt & Germann Public Affairs; Joe Epley, former principal of Epley Associates, now the Catevo Group; Brian Cummings, formerly of Michael Burns & Associates; and Michel Dumas, former principal of BDDS.


In other business, it was reported that the total amount of business referred among Worldcom partners topped $6 million for the 2007 fiscal year. That represents a 100 percent increase in the amount of business referred among partners since 2005.


“Our founders were true visionaries who understood the potential of independent PR firms establishing a formal partnership where shared business, knowledge, expertise and ideas would be of great value to clients,” said Worldcom chairman Tom Van Blarcom of TQPR Thailand. “Six million dollars in referred business and the success of our 20th annual meeting of all partners proved them right.”


The Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Region selected a new board, chaired by Crispin Manners of Kaizo (U.K.), and also announced the admission of two new members: Janev&Janev Ltd., one of the leading public relations agencies in Sofia, Bulgaria, and P.R.C.S. Public Relations Communications Specialists based in Athens, Greece.

About the Worldcom Public Relations Group

Worldcom Public Relations Group is the world’s leading partnership of independently owned public relations counseling firms, with 112 offices in 93 cities worldwide. Established in 1988, it was formed so that the strongest, most capable independent public relations firms could serve national, international and multi-national clients while retaining the flexibility and client-service focus inherent in independent agencies.  Through Worldcom Group, clients have on-demand access to in-depth communications expertise from professionals who understand the language, culture and customs of the geographic arenas in which they operate.  Visit www.worldcomgroup.com for more information.